Friday, October 28, 2016

Order Your Copy of Grapple, the Chapbook Companion

Come back to the space
where we were so close

Tell us again how you know

how you submerged us
how we re-wrote the movement of sidewalk and street
how it bent up to meet us
how our cries made a body an earthquake
What was that chain reaction?

Notes on the Composition
“Grapple” was written as a multidisciplinary poetry-dance work in collaboration with the Coincidentals, Chicago choreographers and dancers Jamie Corliss and Lydia Feuerhelm. Initially the dancers drew inspiration from a photo by Shayna Stacy of an arrest of a young African American man during a protest as part of Moral Mondays Illinois in Chicago in November of 2015. The text then incorporated ideas from the image alongside source material and videos provided by the dancers. Together, we adapted the structure of the poem to inform the building of the dance, so that the two work with and against each other. Using spoken text and movement, the resulting piece evokes the complex physicality of the act of protest where intimacy and aggression overlap. Street protest occupies a unique space in contemporary society, where strangers are fueled by a shared urgency, where limpness and release take the form of strength, where people defy norms by being so close. Rather than address the politics of protest, the piece in performance addresses the energy and feeling of these movements in a corporeal sense. It examines how physicality in protest exists in seemingly contradictory ways: bodily weakness can be an act of strength and physical closeness can unify or it can assert power hierarchies.  
“Grapple” was first performed in Chicago as part of the Mess Hall series in August 2016.
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
October 2016
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

 Carrie Olivia Adams lives in Chicago, where she is a book publicist for the University of Chicago Press and the poetry editor for Black Ocean. She is the author of Operating Theater (Noctuary Press 2015), Forty-One Jane Doe’s (book and companion DVD, Ahsahta 2013) and Intervening Absence (Ahsahta 2009) as well as the chapbooks An Overture in the Key of F (above/ground press 2013) and A Useless Window (Black Ocean 2006).
This is her second chapbook with above/ground press, after An Overture in the Key of F (2013).

Carrie Olivia Adams

  To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 2423 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa ON K1H 7M9 or paypal at

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Have Ideas for Promoting a Unique Poetry-Dance Collaboration?

Poetry Friends, Chicagoans, Creative Folks,

I would love your help brainstorming on behalf of a collaboration I am undertaking with Hedwig Dances and Joseph Clayton Mills. In November 2017, Edson Cabrera, a dancer-choreographer with Hedwig, will be adapting my book Operating Theater for the stage with original music by  Mills. To support the project, I am working with Hedwig to develop partnerships/co-sponsorships with community organizations that might have an interest in the multidisciplinary nature of the project--ideas include organizations such as the Poetry Foundation to Writing Departments as well as hospitals or other groups of medical professionals who might be intrigued by the surgery and anatomical manuals that form the basis of the found text in the poems themselves. We are thinking about work in progress showings, panel discussions, anything that will  raise interest in and increase audience awareness for both the project as well as Hedwig (I am incredibly eager to support them given that they have taken a chance on me and my work.). If you have ideas for organizations that might be interested or activities or events that might engage the community with the collaboration in interesting ways, please send me a message {}. I am open to anything and eager to hear your thoughts.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Poetry-Dance Collaborations Underway

I'm excited to announce two upcoming poetry-dance collaborations. The first is part of Mess Hall: Installment Three in partnership with the lovely and creative Coincidentals, who have been kind enough to allow a poet into the fold. Jamie Corliss and Lydia Feuerhelm will perform a duet, tentatively called "Grapple," that adapts an original poem written as inspiration for and response to their work.

It premieres Saturday and Sunday, August 27th and 28th at Outerspace Studios in Chicago. Tickets are now available.

Also, after much dreaming and hoping, I am thrilled that Jan Bartosek, director of Hedwig Dances, has added an adaptation of my third book Operating Theater to the schedule for November 2017 at Ruth Paige Dance Center in Chicago. The 30-minute piece will be choreographed by Cuban-trained choreographer-dancer Edson Cabrera and will feature an original score by Joseph Clayton Mills. I can't wait to see what shape this will take. In the meantime, Hedwig and I are looking for partnerships with local organizations that might be interested in being part of this multi-disciplinary work that not only embraces the worlds of contemporary dance, poetry, and experimental music, but draws its subject matter from science and medicine. Panel discussions, work-in-progress showings, and other forms of communication and community with groups curious about art, movement, and the body are all possibilities. If you have suggestions for partnerships or sponsorships, please shoot me a line. And check back for specific details as the project comes together.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

New Interview with Michigan Quarterly

Poet Ryo Yamaguchi was generous enough to interview me for Michigan Quarterly and capture some video of me reading from my University of Chicago Press office.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Upcoming Chicago Readings

Operating Theater will be available August 1st from Noctuary Press, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. You can catch previews of the new work at the following upcoming Chicago readings:

Thursday, June 4th @ 7:30 PM

Living Room Realty

1530 W Superior St

Chicago, IL 60642

As part of the book launch for Ryo Yamaguchi’s amazing first book The Refusal of Suitors.

Saturday, July 25th @ 5:30 PM

City Lit Books

2523 N Kedzie Blvd

Chicago, IL 60647

Along with good friends James Shea, Nate Hoks, and Julia Cohen

Hope to see some new and friendly faces!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Review of The Huntress

The Watchful Ear has posted a truly thoughtful review of my poetry and music collaboration, The Huntress, with Joseph Clayton Mills and Deanna Varagona. "Fantastic, unusual work." "The music is stunning." "I rarely read poetry, but found each these little vignettes a real gem."

Saturday, December 20, 2014